what is the difference between these two?

put out the fire and put the fire out

what are the use cases? do they mean the same or not? another example is take off

take it off or take off it => here it seems the first one is correct

  • Note that "put out" is something of an idiom here, and it means "extinguish" in several contexts.
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 11, 2021 at 22:36
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    With "Put out the fire"/"Put the fire out" I can't think of a context in which one would work and the other wouldn't. They mean the same. "Take off it" is not grammatical, though we do say "I take my shirt off" and "I take off my shirt" interchangeably. Jun 11, 2021 at 22:46
  • I agree with @OldBrixtonian, although if the fire were in some sort of portable brazier and you wanted the whole thing moved outside I thing only put the fire out could result in the fire still burning.
    – Jim
    Jun 12, 2021 at 0:34
  • thank you, everybody. when you want to say a firefighter to extinguish the fire, how is it used? Jun 12, 2021 at 10:01


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